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Grants to Fund Your Performing Arts Project

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Fund your performing arts project with grants.Grants for performing arts projects help enrich communities in myriad ways. The performing arts foster creative expression. They help us educate ourselves about our world. Performing arts events can attract tourism and boost the local economy (Study International, 2016). Yet funding for the performing arts is notoriously limited.

If your organization seeks grants to support a performing arts event or project, the following opportunities may be right for you.

Performance Art Focused on Diversity, Cultural Heritage, and Underserved Populations: The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) offers several performing arts grant opportunities. NEA grants are open to non-profit U.S. organizations, units of state or local government, and federally recognized tribal communities and tribes. Eligible applicants include arts organizations, arts service organizations, and local education agencies, including school districts. Two NEA grants to check out are:

  • Art Works Grants: For projects that celebrate diversity and cultural heritage, Art Works Grants offer matching grants of $10,000-$100,000. Eligible disciplines for a project include dance, musical theater, opera, and theater; visual arts disciplines are also eligible. Applications for Art Works Grants are accepted twice each year in February and July, with the next deadline on July 12, 2018.
  • Challenge America Grants: For projects that enrich underserved populations, Challenge America Grants offer matching grants of $10,000. These grants aim to extend the reach of arts to populations whose access is limited due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Proposed projects must either engage a guest artist, develop cultural tourism, or support a public art project. The deadline for Challenge America Grants just passed in April 2018, but it’s never too early to start planning for the next application cycle.

Applicants may apply for only one of the above grants per year. However, it is possible to apply for other NEA funding opportunities for different projects or different phases of the same project.

Performance Art Focused on New Work and Diversity: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Performing arts is one of several program areas for which the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers grants. Grant amounts vary widely—since 2015, the Mellon Foundation has awarded grants for the performing arts ranging from $10,000 to $30 million to organizations including local theater groups and nationally-recognized art galleries. Some averages to consider:

  • For all grants since 2015, the average grant amount is about $606,000.
  • For grants under $1 million since 2015, the average grant amount is about $337,000.

The Foundation states it primarily awards performing arts grants in the areas of dance, music, theater, and multidisciplinary forms. Their priorities within these areas are artists and new work, adaptive organizational practices, the public value of the arts, and diversity and inclusion. To begin the application process, prospective grantees must submit an inquiry regarding their proposed grant through the Foundation’s online portal. If the proposed grant fits the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, staff will invite the grantee to submit a proposal. Grantees should expect their proposal to go through several rounds of revision with Foundation staff. Once finalized, staff will determine whether to recommend the grant to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees at one of their quarterly meetings. There are no deadlines or eligibility requirements mentioned, so this grant opportunity could be a good fit for a wide diversity of organizations on flexible timelines.

Innovative Theater: National Theatre Company Grants

The American Theatre Wing offers National Theatre Company Grants to innovative theater companies that help shape their local communities through the performing arts. Eligible organizations should:

Strong applicants will exhibit how they develop new work, foster education and community engagement, and/or revitalize regional theater. The grants offer $10,000 to support general operations, including building infrastructure, enhancing resources, and creating new initiatives. Grant recipients are allowed to reapply for additional support after at least three years. The 2018 application will be posted online in mid-June.


More grant opportunities for the arts can be found on our blog under the topic “Arts Grants.” Need help finding more opportunities or preparing your application for a performing arts grant? Contact our grant experts today.

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Grants for Art Education

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 17:12 PM

We consistently receive requests to help teachers and principals improve their arts education programs with grant funding. Below we have outlined four hand-picked grants that may help fund your prog2380333875_57c27a15f8_q.jpgrams as well.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

This manufacturer’s foundation provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Grants must be submitted by a principal who is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). To be eligible, your school must form a collaborative team to create unique ways to infuse creativity in the school. Your team’s plans must then be outlined in the application, which can be submitted anytime between now and June 23, 2017. Applications submitted before June 5, 2017 will receive a free Crayola Classpack. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) will receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Grant awards are announced at the end of October. A winner in 2016, Monett Intermediate School in Missouri, will use its grant to collaborate with the school district’s regional technology center, the community, and local business partners to meet its needs for future designers and problem solvers. Monett will create coaching videos that show how design thinking and mobile maker spaces can enrich learning.

Mary Lou Anderson Grant

Sponsored by the National PTA, the Mary Lou Anderson Grant is a $1,000 award in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects in a school. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual, and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the state PTA. Three grants were awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2017 grants are due between Jan. 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

Buckley Moss Foundation

For educators who need assistance to further their in-school program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available to teachers who integrate visual art into their classroom curricula, for up to $1,000. Only new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming are eligible. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Before-school, after-school, day-care, or Saturday arts programs are not eligible. Deadlines for 2017 have not been released yet though this year applications were accepted in May through September. Check back on the website for more information.  A teacher in Mobile, Ala. received a $1,000 award this year to provide art instruction to students who are not currently benefitting from art education and how art relates to other subjects.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This foundation believes that an effective arts education can nurture a lifelong interest in the arts and reach a broad group of students at an important time in their development. Only California schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Art programs in school, after school, and out of school are fundable programs. The foundation also awards grants to raise awareness among parents and educators, develop research to inform policymakers, and help set priorities and standards for arts education in schools. Additionally, grants are also given pre-professional training organizations. In 2016, 29 grants were awarded. One recipient was the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, a winner of $750,000 for general operating support. Grants are accepted throughout the year.


Grants are available for a wide variety of education subjects, not just arts education. We can help you fund bullying programs, technology improvements, safety concerns, and other educational subject matters as well. Contact us today to get started. The first consultation is always free.

 

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Grants for Arts and Culture

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

7624350518_68a21e0049_q.jpgLet’s take a look at some grants that will help support arts and culture in your community. Below are three examples of grants that are available for these needs. Of course, there are many more grant opportunities in this realm. We can help you find more grants that will fund your specific needs. Contact us today!

The Kresge Foundation

This foundation focuses on arts and culture in three different ways through its grant program. Grants are made to national organizations that are committed to the adoption of creative placemaking practices within their organizations. The foundation also supports efforts to get such practices to underserved communities, particularly low-income areas. Projects that test the integration of arts and culture within municipal systems and other non-art disciplines are also eligible for grant funding. The foundation awards funding in a variety of ways including project grants, operating support, and program-related investments. In 2014, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience was awarded $460,000 to help with its neighborhood-focused initiative. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)

There are three different grant programs offered by the NALAC. Eligible entities must be a member of the NALAC.

  • Fund for the Arts

This program funds U.S.-based Latino artists and arts organizations. Funds can be used to develop, create, present, and sustain arts programs as well as pay for activities for professional and organizational development. This is a national grant program. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works. Check back on the website for updated information.

  • Transnational Culture Remittances

This competitive grant program is open to individuals and organizations in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Successful projects demonstrate a continuous and ongoing exchange whereby artistic activity supports, preserves or extends the cultural practices between linked communities in two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States. Amounts range from $2,000 to $20,000. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works.

  • Diverse Arts Spaces

This grant program will fund the presentation or commissioning of work by Latino artists or groups working in visual arts, dance, music, performance art or theater. Funding amounts range from $5,000 to $10,000. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works.

Art Works

This is just one of the many grant programs funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. This program is one of the largest and focuses on funding the art itself, the artists who create this art, and including arts in communities. While partnerships are not required, applications that have partnership opportunities will be favored. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Average grants are for $25,000 and below. Deadline is upcoming for this grant program with a due date of July 14. TheGrantHelpers.com can help you accommodate this rush deadline. Contact us today for a free consultation.


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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part Two)

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 15:03 PM

Many schools have been forced to make cuts to their art and music programs due t15165315148_fc51d7e403_q.jpgo a lack of state funding. Grant funding can help address the funding issue, with several grant opportunities available. Part One of this series listed a few examples. In this, the second part of the art and music grants blog, we will explore more foundations trying to help maintain and enhance the fine arts.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports both in-class and extra-curricular arts programs for students. Their goal is to “nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households.” The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports enrichment programs in several unique ways. Grants of up to $10,000, given for up to three years, and can be used for materials, time, and transportation. These grants are directed at grades pre-K to 12 from low-income households. All non-profits are eligible to apply and should be ready to collaborate with the foundation on the nature of the project and funding. A 2015 grant recipient used the money to fund an Art History Enrichment Club at a school. Apply online by April 15.

The Wallace Foundation

Grants are awarded in five categories: School Leadership, After School, Summer and Expanded LearningArts Education, and Audience Development for the Arts. Details about these categories can be found here. Although the Wallace Foundation prefers to solicit their own grantees, they do accept proposals from organizations who fit their beliefs and guidelines. A letter of inquiry may be submitted by email giving information about the project, organization, and costs associated with the plan. These emails should be directed to: grantrequest@wallacefoundation.org. The Wallace Foundation also offers a free newsletter detailing their work and a “Knowledge Center” offering ideas for education and projects.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Primarily concerned with the performing arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded 3,129 grants for a total of $1,221,984,743. The core concern of the foundation is in higher education, arts and cultural heritage, diversity, communication, and international education and projects These grants range in amount and purpose, but a list can be seen at their grant database. Guidelines for five different categories of grants can also be found on their website. If your project is of interest to the foundation, their staff will work with you to refine your proposal into something the foundation supports. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully before submitting your letter of inquiry.      

 


 

These are three possible grant opportunities within the arts education arena. When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part One)

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 17:03 PM

As state governments struggle more and more with balancing budgets, an area that 16351705110_0947d75751_q.jpgoften loses funding the quickest is art and music education. There are, however, private foundations that understand the importance of art and music that are willing to support these programs financially.

The National Endowment for the Arts offers several opportunities for both organizations and individuals. The organization awards grants to music programs of all types, from classical to contemporary and from early music awareness to symphony orchestras. In addition to grants for music programs, literature grants are also awarded to creative writing programs. Below is a quick view of these grant offerings.

Grants for Organizations:

Art Works: The Art Works grants award funds of $10,000 to $100,000 to support community art programs of all kinds. These grants do require matching funds. This program supports a wide variety of arts disciplines. Each discipline has a different deadline so look at the website for specifics.

Challenge America: If you are working with a low-income or under-served population, consider the Challenge America grant. Grants are matched up to $10,000 for support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to consider working together to best serve the population. The deadline for this program is April 14.

Our Town: If your town is looking to start a new project or continue an existing project that puts art at the center, consider an Our Town grant application. These project-based grants are matched from $25,000-$200,000. There are two types of Our Town grants: 1) arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects; and 2) projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. The 2016 deadline has not been announced at this time.

Research Art Works: Research grants are also offered for research into the value and/or impact of the arts. These grants are designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of the arts. The 2016 deadline has not been released yet.

Grants for Individuals:

Creative Writing Fellowships: The next Creative Writing Fellowship application due date is March 9. These fellowship grants are non-matching and award $25,000. Fellowships can be in fiction, poetry, and creative writing and allow individuals to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

Translation Projects: Through grant awards of $12,500 or $25,000, translations project grants are awarded to individuals translating prose, poetry, or drama into English from other languages. Applications are due Dec. 8.


When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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Grants to Fund Summer Youth Programs

Posted by Mary Ross on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Summer school, summer camp, summer programs? What summer situation are you in need of funding? With the school year coming to a rapid end, many parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy for the summer months, and many foundations are looking to support SummerProgram resized 600organizations that can make this happen.  Time is running out on getting grant funding for this summer, so here is a sampling of the grants you should know about.

 

State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Service-Learning Grants 

State Farm is accepting applications now through May 1st for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 that address one of its chosen key areas.  Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture and just a few of these areas. If your summer program helps struggling students, or is centered on the environment or the arts, give these categories a look.  Each of these is described on the website, and an online application is available now.

 

The American Honda Foundation

Awarding grants of $25,000 to $75,000 at a time, the American Honda Foundation is accepting online applications from non-profit groups and schools. Generally concerned with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, Honda is specifically looking to fund programs “which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.” Organizations can submit applications at any time, but only one application can be submitted per 12-month period. This is a national program hoping to achieve long-term benefits.    

 

The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation

Will your organization’s summer work have a national impact? Look into an MEAF grant.  The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is accepting applications until June 1st.  MEAF prefers to support programs that teach leadership skills and help youth with disabilities. Six to 12 grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are given a year.  "EcoChanges," a program that gives youth with disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities, is one that MEAF has funded in the past.  Take the “grant eligibility quiz” on the website to see if your organization should apply.

 

The Captain Planet Foundation 

The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow.  With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources.  In addition to supporting garden programs, The Captain Planet Foundation even puts on its own Earth Day Celebration for kids in its local area of Atlanta.

 

Where will your organization get its funding this summer? If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your group, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

 

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More Ways to Find Funding for Dance, Arts

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 18:10 PM

In the past month, we have received an increased number of requestsdance for grants to help fund dance studios and dance education, both for youth and adults. We are happy to share some grants available to fund these areas. We also want to describe how these subjects can be funded by grants using a variety of themes. It can help to apply for grants that focus on the various different types of outcomes your program provides. This approach works not just for dancing programs, but for most any area.  Examples of various themes applied to dance funding appear below.

Possible dance funding theme: Community Engagement/Culture/Quality of Life

Dance recitals, education, programs, and engagements are not just important to the individual artist or family, but to the community as a whole. The arts have a huge impact on the livability of a community. Dance productions can bring visitors to town that will spend money at local restaurants and gas stations. Towns with a strong cultural presence are also appealing to families looking to take residence. If your project or program aims to have community involvement or be a large presence in the area, apply for grant programs with these goals, even if dance isn’t specifically listed in the grant description. The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program focuses on community culture. This program requires a non-profit organization to partner with a governmental agency to apply. The deadline for this year is December 15.

Possible dance funding theme: Obesity/Health

This current generation of young people, one-third of whom are overweight or obese, may be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents. Many foundations throughout the United States, as well as federal government agencies, have grant programs that support obesity prevention, especially for youth. Many dance programs are fundable under these programs. Dance helps children become active and exercise. Check out the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for a grant under this category. The foundation supports opportunities that promote wellness and help prevent obesity. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

Possible dance funding theme: Disability Therapy

If you are hoping to start a dance studio or program, consider creating a class that will provide opportunities for disabled people. There are a wide variety of grant opportunities that support disability programs for both youth and adults. This look at funding for your dance program could provide a unique opportunity. The Dr. Scholl Foundation supports these types of programs, provided the applying organization is a non-profit entity. Proposals are accepted from November 1 to March 1 the following year. Grants range from $5,000-$25,000.

Possible dance funding theme: Arts/Humanities

Then, of course, there are always grants for arts that can help fund your dancing program. These programs are the bread and butter of funding for the arts. However, because they are such a natural fit, they are very competitive and may be harder to win. Non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, individuals, as well as for-profit agencies, can apply for grants from ArtPlace America. This program hopes to fund projects led by artists that help a community’s economic development and revitalization efforts that are also able to attract additional support. All applicants must register with the organization by October 31, and letters of inquiry are due by November 3.

 

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NEH Grants: Media, Libraries, Museums, and More!

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

NEH GrantsThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanity programs in the United States. This independent federal agency traditionally has awarded grants to museums, libraries, colleges, universities, media outlets, and more.

In this blog article, TheGrantHelpers.com highlights four of the NEH’s recently announced grant opportunities for media projects, museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations. For a full description of each grant, including application materials, budget resources, program resources, sample narratives, and more, please click on the name of the grant.

Media Projects: Development Grants

The NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that “engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas.” The Media Projects: Development Grants encourage projects in humanities scholarship in areas such as history, religion, anthropology, and more. Media projects include film and television or radio projects. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series. Radio projects may be single programs, a limited series, or segments within an ongoing program.

Development grants allow media producers to collaborate with experts to develop content and prepare programs for production. According to the Media Projects: Development Grants webpage, “Grants should result in a script and should also yield a detailed plan or outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.”

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 41 applicants and three awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 7%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Media Projects: Production Grants

This grant supports efforts similar to those of the Media Project: Development Grant program. However, this grant focuses on supporting the production and distribution of media that engage the public.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 40 applicants and six awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 15%. 

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

The NEH’s Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants support exhibitions at museums, libraries, or other venues; interpretations of historical places, sites, or regions; and book or film discussion programs, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues. Planning grants support project development, refinement of themes, beginning design, testing, and audience evaluation.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 64 applicants and six awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 9%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

This grant supports efforts similar to those of the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grant program. However, this grant focuses on supporting scholarly research and consultation, designing development, and installing a project for public presentation.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 46 applicants and nine awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 20%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

If you are interested in learning more about all of the various NEH grants, please visit the NEH Grants website. If you are curious whether or not these grants would be a good fit for your organization, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We have the experts you need to get you on the right track.

 

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